Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep amber brown with a creamy, light tan head. The head lingers leaving behind okay lacing. Notes of caramel, boozy fruit, and a little earth in the nose. Low carbonation with a sticky mouthfeel. Sweet, boozy taste, with hints of roasted malt, bread, and caramel. A cloying, sticky sweetness remains for awhile. The booze isn’t well hidden and there is a lot of sweetness. Best reserved for after dinner. jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Reddish brown in color and clear with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of caramel, malt, nuts and alcohol. Taste is big on alcohol with caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
12oz bottle. Georgeous color, deep copper with a little red as well. Aroma is dark fruits, slightly sweet. Can taste the alcohol right away, which I like, sweet, more dark fruits some caramel, very tasty. luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Pours a deep mahogany with a nice foamy head. Nose is of nothing but a very sweet malt. Very mallty with a large amount of nuttiness. It does have a mild burntness to it. Almost a brown sugar molasses type of sweetness with a littel bitterness at the end Overall not much to this. boto (2263) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2009
12oz. bottle: This one pours a crystal clear ruby tinged brown color. There was a small tan head that only lingered a short time. No lacing. The aroma is a bit sweet, with mostly caramel up front. Notes of fruits and vanilla. This is a nice rounded double bock. It is very smooth tasting. Flavors are the caramel, faint fruits. The alcohol is well hidden. A touch of dryness from some hops in the finish. Nice.
CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Pours from the 12oz. bottle a iced-tea-ish brown with a small, tan head that quickly settles into a modest collar. There’s quite a few bubbles rising to the top. Aroma is sweet, vanilla-ish and kind of syrupy. 1st sip is a big, bold hit of malty sweetness, with overtones of vanilla and alcohol. There’s a slight alcohol burning & harshness on the swallow that cuts down on the drinkability. This is NOT a session beer, unless you goal is to get passed-out-on-the-floor drunk. But is is a good after work or after dinner sipper. Overall, a good, big, tasty beer to finish off your day. Leaves me wanting to try the rest of the Imperial series! beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
First I want to say that this is not my favorite style of beer. This is why I got out of it though.
Smooth very palatable double bock. Nice amount of malt back bone. Nice aftertaste though does not linger long. I’m glad Sam Adams is making this more readily available now. Hides the alcohol well I think. A hint of caramel which I get from the sweet taste of this beer. In the nost I get a lot of malt. Nice smooth beer here. I would say you could drinik this beer all night but be forewarned you may not be so happy with yourself in the morning! alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark red brown color. Smells like a big bag of roasted grain with a litte coffee note. Tastes sweet, and roasted. bhensonb (15739) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle from BevMo. Dark reddish copper color with an ok beige head. Aroma of roasted caramel. Full bodied with mild but sharpish carbonation. It’s rather sweet, progresses to roasted malt, shows a mild touch of coffee, has touches of likely noble hop. Heat is very well hiddden. Finishes towards dry/astringent with something like chocolate coating the mouth. It’s a variable beast. I think they have a good beer here. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malts, light dark ripe fruits, caramel, light alcohol, molasses, slight raisins, and malts. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, beige head that lasted around the edges. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of caramel, alcohol, slight salt, light astringent, malts, slight spiced yeast, and some vegetables. Medium body. Syrupy texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, astringent, alcoholic, caramel finish is cloying and off-putting.